ARMY WOMEN XV v SCOTLAND WOMEN 6-NATIONS SQUAD, EDINBURGH – 18 JAN 13
1. Maj Charlie Maxwell AGC(SPS) Skipper
2. Cpl Rae Metters REME
3. Cpl Bianca Vasey AGC (Pro)
4. Sig Demi Graham R Sigs
5. Lt Rachael Davies RLC
6. Capt Gemma Simmister RE
7. Pte Shellyann Magic AMS
8. Bdr Laura Latimer RA
9. Cfn Laura Marsh REME
10. Lt Gemma Rowland RA
11. Cpl Dani Phan Int Corps
12. Capt Rebecca Homer RLC
13. Bdr Katie Garside RA
14. Capt Alex Coxan Int Corps
15. Cpl Jolandi Joubert RLC
16. SSgt Maxine Bowley AMS
17. Pte Nikki O’Donnel AMS
18. 2Lt Erica Mills RA
19. Cfn Rosie Randfield REME
20. Gnr Jess McAuley RA
21. 2Lt Chantelle Miller R Sigs
22. Capt Gemma Stonebridge –Smith AGC(ETS)
The Army Ladies suffered a close defeat going down 10 points to 5 against a Scotland Six-Nations squad in difficult conditions in Edinburgh.
Due to poor weather conditions the game had to be moved to a G3 pitch and was played over three periods; allowing both sides to use their full squad of players. Both teams struggled during the early stages particularly at set-piece in the blizzard-like condition on a G3 surface. This did nothing to stop either team from trying to play open Rugby; involving 1 to 15. On 20 minutes the persistent Scotland pressure finally broke the Army defensive line; playing a close ‘pick and go’ game the Scottish attack crossed the line around the fringe of the ruck area after multiple phases.
Disappointed, but not deterred the Army Women stuck to their Game Plan and continued to threaten the Scottish defence for the remainder of the first period; with the forwards running well off Scrum Half Cfn Laura Marsh (REME) and the backs unleashed off first receiver Lt Gemma Rowland (RA), they created a couple of chances, but the Scottish scramble defensive closed the space down defusing the Army attack.
With Head Coach Capt Glyn Barraclough RAMC putting the whole bench on for the second period it was clear the replacements had kept themselves warm and were well prepared for the challenge.
Shuffling the side for the final time ensured the rest of the game remained well balanced with both sides creating opportunities only to be nullified by strong defence. Forward breaks around the fringe defensive line by Maj Charlie Maxwell AGC (SPS), Cpl Bianca Vasey AGC (PROVO) and Cpl Laura Latimer RA supported by the remainder of the pack provided glimpses of opportunity only to be snubbed by the equally well disciplined Scottish defence.
The final play from an unopposed scrum in the Army 22m area saw the Army line out flanked and Scotland crossing the line to win the game 10 points to 5.
Finally, special mentions must go out to Maj Charlie Maxwell AGC (SPS), Cpl Rae Metter REME and Cpl Bianca Vasey AGC (PROVO) (the front row union playing the full match; something that is unheard of in the millennium) and to Pte Shelly-Ann Magic RAMC playing only her second game in the back row after converting from the Back Division (did not look out of place against her international counterparts and someone the Scottish back division will not forget for quite some time).